Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday voluntarily agreed to drop a second federal civil action against New York’s attorney general that had attempted to thwart her own $250 million fraud lawsuit against his Manhattan-based real estate company.
Trump’s latest legal capitulation came less than a week after being slapped by a federal judge in Florida with nearly $1 million in sanctions for filing what that judge called a frivolous lawsuit against Hillary Clinton.
Lawyers for both Trump and New York Attorney General Letitia James in a filing on Tuesday said they jointly agreed to dismiss an appeal in Manhattan federal appeals court.
In a statement, the Attorney General said, “I am pleased that Donald Trump has withdrawn both of his pending actions against my office.”
“As we have shown all along, we have a legitimate legal case against him and his organization, and we cannot be bullied or dissuaded from pursuing it”.
As Trump was waging legal war against James, he also was targeting in a Florida federal court another political enemy: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom he defeated in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump last year sued Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, former FBI officials and more than two dozen other defendants in that case, claiming they had tried to rig the 2016 election by pushing a “false narrative” that he had colluded with Russia.
Judge John Middlebrooks dismissed that lawsuit in September, calling it a “political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him.”
Last Thursday, Middlebrooks ordered Trump and his lawyer, Habba, to pay $937,989 in sanctions for filing what the judge was a “completely frivolous, both factually and legally,” suit.
Middlebrooks’ order noted how Trump had engaged in “a pattern of abuse of the court,” and repeatedly used courts “to seek revenge on political adversaries.”
Trump, who is seeking the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, had filed that appeal after a federal judge in the Northern District of New York struck out his suit against AG James.
Writing by Tersoo Nicholas